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Lyft Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA

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When a Lyft driver causes an accident, those who are hurt in the crash deserve to be compensated for their injuries and damages. However, pursuing compensation in a Lyft accident can be complicated. You need an experienced Lyft accident lawyer in Los Angeles who has successfully handled these types of cases before.

The Los Angeles Lyft accident lawyers of Custodio & Dubey LLP are here to help. With 40 years of experience in personal injury law, our skilled team has handled a range of rideshare accident claims. Let us demand full and fair compensation for you.

Contact a Lyft accident lawyer in Los Angeles, CA today for a free case evaluation. When you choose us to help with your Lyft accident case, you will not owe us any fees unless we recover compensation for you.

How Does an Insurance Claim Work in Lyft Accidents?

When an accident is caused by a Lyft driver who is on duty and logged into Lyft’s app, Lyft provides insurance coverage to people who are injured or suffer property damage. The amount of coverage offered by Lyft depends on the circumstances at the time of the accident.

  • If the Lyft driver is logged into the mobile app and waiting for a ride request, Lyft provides $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage. The company also provides $30,000 per incident in property damage liability coverage.
  • Once the Lyft driver is matched with a passenger and is driving to pick up that person, Lyft’s insurance coverage increases to $1 million.
  • If the Lyft driver has a passenger in the vehicle, the company provides $1 million in commercial insurance and $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. The UM/UIM coverage can be paid out to a passenger injured in a Lyft accident that was caused by another motorist who lacks sufficient insurance coverage for the passenger’s damages.
  • When the Lyft driver is not logged onto the app, Lyft provides no coverage. The Lyft driver’s own insurance policy must cover any damages in an accident.

Demanding Fair Compensation After a Lyft Accident

When you are injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation to cover your damages. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to payment for:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, emergency services, medications, and rehabilitation therapy
  • Lost wages and lost earning potential
  • Mental distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injuries

Pursuing compensation in a Lyft car accident can be complicated. The compensation that is available can vary depending on the circumstances of the crash. An experienced car accident attorney from Custodio & Dubey LLP will fight for full compensation to cover all your losses.

What to Do If You Have Been Hurt in a Lyft Accident in Los Angeles

If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, take these steps to help protect your legal rights:

  • Call 911 or contact the local police department. An officer will come to the scene to prepare a police accident report. Request a copy of that report for your own records.
  • Document the accident scene. Take photographs or video of vehicle damage, traffic controls at the scene, and weather, traffic, and road conditions at the time of the accident. Also document any visible injuries you may have suffered.
  • Get the contact, vehicle registration, and insurance information from the Lyft driver and any other motorists involved in the crash.
  • Get the contact information for any eyewitnesses to the accident.
  • Get examined by a medical provider at the scene or as soon as possible after your accident. Get diagnosed for any injuries you may have suffered. Follow your treatment plan.
  • Talk to a knowledgeable Lyft accident attorney as soon as possible.

Time Limit for Filing a Lyft Accident Lawsuit

California’s statute of limitations places a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit for compensation for injuries and damages. You typically must file your personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident. If you file suit after the statute of limitations has expired on your Lyft accident claim, the court can permanently dismiss your case. That means you will lose your right to pursue compensation in court.

California Lyft Laws

In California, Lyft is regulated as a “transportation network company,” or TNC. By state law, TNCs are required to register with the California Public Utilities Commission and submit annual reports on various topics. Those topics may include the number of Lyft drivers, the number of hours and miles driven by Lyft vehicles, accidents and incidents (including assaults) involving drivers and their vehicles, law enforcement citations, and ride data.

Under California law, drivers wishing to take part in Lyft’s platform must submit to a criminal and driving background check. Drivers must possess a valid California driver’s license. Lyft requires drivers to be at least 25 years old and to carry their own auto insurance policy on their vehicle.

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California law also requires TNCs, either through themselves or their drivers, to have certain insurance coverage. The coverage varies, depending on the circumstances that exist at the time of an accident:

  • App open and driver waiting for a ride request– Bodily injury/death liability coverage of $50,000 per person, $100,000 per occurrence, and $30,000 per occurrence of property damage liability coverage.
  • Passenger matched, driver on the way to pick up passenger – At least $1 million in commercial liability coverage.
  • Passenger in vehicle– At least $1 million in commercial liability coverage, plus an additional $1 million of UM/UIM coverage.

California law requires TNC vehicles to be personal vehicles, not taxis or stretch limousines. Lyft requires that all vehicles on its platform have at least four doors and at least five seats (including the driver’s seat). Vehicles may not have a salvage, rebuilt, or other equivalent title.

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How a Los Angeles Lyft Accident Attorney Can Help You

Have you been seriously hurt in a Lyft accident in Los Angeles? Let the attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries and damages by:

  • Recovering important evidence from your accident, including police accident reports, incident reports completed by Lyft, accident scene photos, eyewitness statements, vehicle damage reports, and medical reports from your treatment.
  • Informing you of your options regarding medical care.
  • Working with knowledgeable experts to help build a strong, persuasive case that shows who is liable for your injuries and the extent of your damages.
  • Filing all necessary paperwork and vigorously pursuing an efficient settlement that provides you with fair and full compensation as quickly as possible.
  • Preparing your case to go to court, if necessary, so that the other side knows we are serious about getting you the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a free initial consultation with a Los Angeles Lyft accident lawyer from Custodio & Dubey LLP now. We do not charge any upfront fees to start work on your case. You only pay us if we recover money for you.